Following media interest, Leeds City Council wishes to clarify that no final contract was given to Carillion in regards to the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR).
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council Chief Executive, said: “We are looking at the impact the news about Carillion will have on the council and wider city. We know Carillion’s situation is not just affecting Leeds, and we are liaising with central government to see how we can help ensure services and contracts are still delivered successfully. We have been monitoring Carillion’s situation and planning accordingly and are now implementing those plans.”
“We also know this will affect many people who work for Carillion directly and indirectly, and we will want to see how Government can make sure any arrangements take account of the impact on them of what has happened.
“While Carillion were the preferred bidder for the ELOR (East Leeds Orbital Road) work, a final contract had not been signed off. The contingency plans in place reflect the fact that we have been monitoring Carillion’s situation and planning accordingly.”
The ELOR will connect the Outer Ring Road at Red Hall around the east side of Leeds joining a new Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR) and connecting through Thorpe Park into junction 46 of the M1 motorway. ELOR will be a 7.5km dual carriageway which will provide the capacity to support increased traffic from allocated development in the ELE and vehicular access into the development areas as well reducing the impact of traffic growth on the existing highway network.
The ELOR is a requirement established through the Local Development Framework. Construction is currently programmed to start in Spring 2018 with completion by the end of 2021.